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MiniArt 1/35 Type 'B' Omnibus "Old Bill"

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Having had the Airfix 1/32 kit since it's centenary anniversary re-release from 5 years ago in several states of depressed enthusiasm, following on from Roden's 1./72 Old Bill Bus earlier this year,
MiniArt have announced an all new 1/35 kit.

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No firm details as yet as to a date of release 
Hopefully before Christmas 

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It does say that there is glazing so I suspect there may be one on the cards.
AFAIK the glazing was removed after it was discovered that windows were susceptible to things that go bang on the front.

Although it may just be for the small open windows which did sometimes have glazing from what i could make out on photos of some buses 

I came across a super photograph of an early bus that had glazing, used to transport troops of the Indian Army.

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How about doing a diorama of this Armistice Anniversary bus, Gorbs? :P

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8 hours ago, Walrus said:

How about doing a diorama of this Armistice Anniversary bus, Gorbs? :P

That looks good (I think you might be overestimating my ability a smidge*). I really like the one with the Indian troops. I've never really liked the boarded up window effect on the Airfix one, so the first photo could be the prefect option. I wonder if the kit comes with a driver or a passenger or two?

This could be a kit that would temp me into 1/35 (if it isn't a silly price).

 

* Read: 'a vast gulf'. 

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53 minutes ago, Gorby said:

I really like the one with the Indian troops

It's so cool.  I love the period font for "Comrades"! 

I'm guessing that there are no figures included.
Tommy's War do a Driver (standing) but he is 1/32 iirc

Would have thought it likely that MiniArt will also do a civvie version if they don't provide the necessary parts required in this boxing. 
 

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The word "comrades" has been written on the negative after the photo was taken. These buses of the 51st Coy MT ASC were used in Brighton to carry Indian wounded to and from their hospital in the Royal Pavilion. The London Transport Museum has a couple of other photos of them.

The buses used early in the war had glass large windows but these were easily damaged by the troops packs or nearby shell fire. The broken glass was so dangerous that the windows were removed and replaced by wooden boards. These were not very weatherproof and in at least one bus the drivers pasted newspapers on the inside to seal up the gaps in the boards. 

I now hope someone will make seated WWI soldiers.

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On 03/10/2019 at 21:24, Bill Ward said:

The word "comrades" has been written on the negative after the photo was taken.

Somehow missed your reply, thanks for the information Bill.  
Disappointed that "Comrades" wasn't actually painted on the bus :( 

But it's an option so it needs to be done and
 Gorby gets his wish! xD

On 03/10/2019 at 21:24, Bill Ward said:

I now hope someone will make seated WWI soldiers.

+1
It would be good to see some Indian Army figures too. 

A lot of pictures in an update from MiniArt!  

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Here's another one for your reference collection Paul.

Thanks for posting the above, looking good, but,.....it does take me back to the early Japanese imports version of 'Engrish'!

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